Minister Responsible for NLHC Paul Davis made the funding announcement in St. John’s last week.
“The provincial government is pleased to provide funding and partner with non-profit community agencies and Community Advisory Boards to help address homelessness and provide support to our province’s most vulnerable citizens.
“These investments will help to expand supportive living projects and enhance street outreach and drop-in resource centres.”
One of the organizations benefitting is the Grace Sparkes House in Marystown. The program will employ a Housing Support Worker with a contribution of $83,903.
The Supportive Living Program supports a ‘housing first’ approach, recognizing housing stability is critical to enhancing wellness, inclusion and self-sufficiency.
Mr. Davis noted provincial funding has significantly increased for this program, from $1.2 million in 2009 to $4.8 million in 2013.
Another organization receiving funding is the Stella’s Circle in St. John’s with $500,000 for the Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre to enhance counselling,
Acting Executive Director Denise Hillier said “The Supportive Living Program funding will enable our organization to continue to serve adults with barriers, as well as those in institutional settings in our province who are challenged to find safe, secure housing.
“Daily, we see the impact that having a home of one’s own can have on an individual’s wellness and ability to respond to other issues in life.”
Two other provincial agencies receiving funding are the NL Housing & Homelessness Network - Community Capacity Building, $195,452 and NAVNET awarded $131,372.